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Hello lovelies,

Today I am trying a completely new brand to me. It's a British brand called HJ Manicure. I think it's really important to raise awareness of new brands.

About the brand: "HJ Manicure is a new luxurious boutique nail care range which launched in early 2009, by London based session manicurist and model Helen J. Helen has created a range of on trend nail colours, which she uses on many of her shoots as a session manicurist. HJ Manicure polish is professional, long lasting, easy to apply and quick drying."

Before lovely Helen, the creator of the brand, contacted me I've never heard of the brand. I was very happy to try something new. I got sent set of three mini polishes in a lovely gift box. The gift box is a good quality, matte and with silver logo on the lid. Polishes sit in a black foam insert. All three polishes come from the Festive collection for Christmas 2012.

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Festive Collection

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Festive Collection

Disco - deep brown shimmer with red undertones. When I looked closely at the colour I've seen some purple, copper and gold shimmer as well. The formula of this polish was very good. It applied nicely despite it being a bit thicker. I wasn't disappointed with the pigmentation either - it was almost one-coater but in the end I have applied two coats. The finish is smooth and shimmery and I didn't experience streaking. It also dried reasonably fast.

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Disco

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Disco

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Disco

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Disco

Ruby Red Glitter over Disco - red glitter in a clear base. The bright festive red is really pretty but it's not a unique glitter polish. I have a slight problem with the formula - it was really thick so I've done only gradient tips instead of painting the whole nails. On the other hand the bottle is packed with glitter so the coverage is excellent and if you have a nail polish thinner you might not mind the thickness.

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ruby Red Glitter over Disco

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ruby Red Glitter over Disco

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ruby Red Glitter over Disco

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ruby Red Glitter over Disco

Ice - silver metallic polish with shimmer particles. Again this is not unique shade but it's a very nice silver. I can imagine wearing it to the party. It applied very nicely and it dries smooth. The formula wasn't thick and I have experienced streaking. One coat of topcoat does blend the streaks a bit. The polish dried fast.

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ice

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ice

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ice

Lucy's Stash - HJ Manicure Ice

I didn't know what to expect from this brand but in the end I was quite pleased I've got to try it. Generally the formulas were good and I liked the variety of finishes. As I've said above, the only thing I was disappointed about was the thickness of the glitter. I'm looking forward to see more collections coming out in the future. I've checked out some older collections and they look pretty good.

HJ Manicure polishes can be purchased at http://hjmanicure.com The full-sized bottle is sold for £9.50 (15ml) and the mini bottle is sold for £4.50 (5ml).

Have you ever heard of HJ Manicure polishes or tried it? Let me know what you thought.

*These were provided for a review

Hello lovelies,

I have hurried with this review because there's still time to snatch an amazing discount on these polishes and I don't want you to miss it. What I'm talking about? I'm talking about I Love Nail Polish, new indie brand that offers a really nice polishes! Let's have a look at them:

Since they have arrived I fell in love. Look at the box - all details have been thought of from a cut out heart to stickers on the boxes with the shade name. I love that they come in boxes, it adds this expensive look & feel to it.

Then I opened the box....a cute bottle with see-through sticker came out. There is also a branded sticker with a shade name at the bottom of the bottle. Very cute. But let's not forget the cap! It's black, it's matte and it's rubberized so you can open it much easier! LOVE IT! Each bottle has 12ml which is slightly less than usual but let's be honest - have you ever finished a bottle of glitter topcoat? :D

The brush is a good width and flat. The one thing I didn't like is the strong smell. I suspect it's the suspension base for the glitters. And since I have few more untried indie glitters I started to sniff them all if they stink too and they do :-/ The base is not thick at all, it is easy to work with. I've got five polishes to show you and the first up is...

Babes in Toyland - a colourful mixture of green, fuschia, blue, and gold glitters. Some glitters are square, some hexagonal and some round and also have different sizes. This polish is a part of the Winter collection. I have applied it over Lime Crime Lavendairy. This glitter nicely stands out over pastel shades but it would look pretty over some dark colour too.

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Babes in Toyland

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Babes in Toyland

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Babes in Toyland

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Babes in Toyland

Christmas In Bordeaux - mix of green, gold and red glitter in a clear base. This is another polish from the Winter collection and it looks really festive, nice Christmas colours. It is again a mixture of different shapes and size that makes the polish look quite dynamic (at least in my eyes). I have applied one coat over OPI Alpine Snow.

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Christmas In Bordeaux

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Christmas In Bordeaux

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Christmas In Bordeaux

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Christmas In Bordeaux

Goldie Boo... Boo! - brown, orange, gold, and grey glitters. This polish comes from the Halloween collection and it is a cute pumpkin-coloured glitter. The brush picks up a nice amount of glitter and it applies easily. I have applied one coat over Lime Crime Milky Ways.

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Goldie Boo... Boo!

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Goldie Boo... Boo!

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Goldie Boo... Boo!

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Goldie Boo... Boo!

Her Highness - gold, fuchsia and brown glitter in a clear base. This is quite simple glitter mix and I must say I really miss the tiny glitters that are in other mixes. I have applied one coat over Lime Crime Parfait Day.

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Her Highness

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Her Highness

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Her Highness

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Her Highness

Teal Me Please - mix of round and square teal glitter in a clear base. I really like this glitter despite it being just one colour. It reminds me of snow and it would look gorgeous over white, black or pastel blue as well. I have applied it over HJ Ice, silver metallic polish.

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Teal Me Please

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Teal Me Please

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Teal Me Please

Lucy's Stash - I Love Nail Polish Teal Me Please

Final verdict: I LOVE THEM! Lol just to prove you that I'm not lying and I really love these polishes I can tell you that yesterday I have made and order on my own of another 5 polishes and I can't wait till they arrive!

All polishes have the same clear base that is not too thick and it applies well. I haven't used a topcoat over the swatches and I almost didn't need it. Of course if you'd like to have a completely smooth surface I would recommend a topcoat. 

I Love Nail Polish can be purchased at Etsy Shop or website. International shipping is also very reasonable. 

PS: Sorry for the not very good macro shots, there hasn't been a bright day for ages so the lightbox had to do..

*These were provided for a review